sanitation

Water Currents

Water Currents: World Toilet Day 2019

Toilets are more than a household necessity—they save lives, protect dignity, and create economic opportunity. This November 19, join the annual celebration of World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation to lift people out of poverty. This year’s theme “Leaving No One Behind” emphasizes the importance of expanding sanitation access to the more than 4.2 billion people living without safely managed sanitation options.
 

World Toilet Day 2019: How The Potty Trained Us

Join IRC WASH and PSI on November 19, 2019 for a special performance of "How the Potty Trained Us" by Shawn Shafner of The Poop Project. In a performance that is stand-up comedy meets lecture meets character-shifting solo play, Shafner will expose how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets - and invite us to get our sh*t together before it hits the fan.

Be sure to register! We look forward to talking toilets while enjoying refreshments, games, and prizes with you!

Conference

World Toilet Summit 2019

The World Toilet Summit takes place each November to coincide with World Toilet Day celebrations. This year’s summit will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 18–19, 2019.

Learn more and register: https://wtsbrasil2019.com/en/

 

 

Article

Supporting Safe Sanitation and Preventing Gender-Based Violence in South Sudan

South Sudan has long had some of the world’s lowest development and health indicators. Less than 30 percent of South Sudanese primary school-aged children are actually in school. Maternal mortality rates are the fifth highest in the world, at 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. Then in 2013, civil war broke out, making the environment for development that much more difficult.

Conference

Global Sanitation Economy Summit

Over 200 of the world’s leaders in the Sanitation Economy will be in Pune, India this November 18-21st to celebrate World Toilet Day, showcase global best practices in sustainable sanitation. Meet with the innovators, multi-national corporations, investors, and policy leaders taking sanitation from an unaffordable cost to a revenue, resource, and data generating business opportunity.

For more information and to register visit: https://sesummit19.pathable.com/

Blog

USAID Appoints New Global Water Coordinator

On September 12, 2019, USAID announced the appointment of Jennifer Mack as the USAID Global Water Coordinator. The announcement was made by the Agency Counselor Chris Milligan at an event in Washington, D.C., that focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) partnerships, and marked nearly five years since passage of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014. 

Fact Sheet

Water Security and Sanitation at USAID

USAID’s water and sanitation assistance has resulted in millions of people gaining access to improved drinking water and sanitation services. Reliable access to safe water and sanitation saves lives, reduces extreme poverty, and makes communities more resilient. Investments in water and sanitation are critical for progress in nearly all aspects of global development.

This fact sheet provides data to describe the water crisis and to illustrate the success of USAID's efforts in helping communities around the world to access improved water and sanitation services.

Activity

Sudan Infrastructure Services Project

The Sudan Infrastructure Services Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was initiated in 2007 to provide critical public infrastructure and capacity building activities in support of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the economic development of South Sudan. USAID engaged Louis Berger, as its implementing partner, to work in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan to address a full range of physical and institutional needs.